Guest Leaders step in as search for a new campus minister begins

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The search for a new campus minister has begun, and a new leader is expected to be chosen by the end of the semester. In the meantime, guest preachers will assist with the spiritual needs of the students, according to Reinhardt University leadership. In addition, a new praise and worship leader has been appointed for Common Ground worship.

Recently, President Kina Mallard met with students at The Nook to discuss these changes, as well as introduce the new leader, Lexi Juliani from Kennesaw State University. Juliani also leads the worship service at Canton First United Methodist Church in Canton.

“My vision for Common Ground worship is to see it grow into a place where students are able to encounter God in new ways and find a community of students who love and pursue Jesus and encourage one another in faith. We want Common Ground to be a place where students can experience the Holy Spirit and the grace and love of Christ and bring glory to his name,”  said Juliani.

There is a plan to have a minister specifically for students who need extra spiritual guidance. Each month will feature a special guest preacher until a new campus minister is chosen. This month’s guest preacher is Reverend Tim Emmett, from Waleska United Methodist Church. Reverend C.R Hill will serve at Reinhardt until May 4 as an adviser to students for spiritual health and education.

“As a Christian, I believe that each person is a treasure to the heart of God. Ministry is to inspire persons and encourage them to aspire to become, by the grace of God, perfect reflections of the nature and character of Jesus Christ (our model for what human life at its best is to be) in this life,” Hill said.

The campus leaders said they are looking forward to working with the new ministers as well as the new praise and worship leader.

“I feel really optimistic for the future of campus ministries as a whole,” said Keren Morales, a junior communication major who also is a praise and worship singer. “When we heard we were getting a new leader, I was excited but mostly anxious. Lexi Juliani is one of the kindest, most selfless people I’ve ever met. She is anointed with talent and an authority to lead that we were in need of. She, in the short time that she’s been here, has given us direction and confidence in what God can do through us.”

Ansley Avera, campus ministry leader, said,” We all have multiple ideas for events and different worship services.  Even with this time of transition, we like to still have the feeling of consistency. I am looking forward to being a part of the hiring process and meeting individuals who are interested in coming here.”
The campus ministry is seeking to thrive and grow during  this change. Students can become more involved with campus ministry by contacting Lexi Juliani (lexi.juliani@cantonumc.org) or Dr. Walter May (WPM@reinhardt.edu). More information also can be found at http://www.reinhardt.edu/campusministry/index.html.
Reverend C.R. Hill will be available to the students in the Chaplain’s Office between the hours of 2-5 p.m on Tuesdays through Thursdays each week. Students may schedule appointments by contacting Karen Douglas at 770-720-5538 or by stopping by room 312 in the Student Affairs complex.

Written by: Deborah Dahn.

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